This morning on my drive into town, an old hymn was ringing in my ears. I began to sing the words aloud as I was driving down the road:
“I need Thee every hour; most gracious Lord
No tender voice like Thine, can peace afford.
I need Thee, Oh I need Thee
Every hour I need Thee; Oh bless me now my Savior,
I come to Thee.”
God has been showing me how He longs for me to have total dependence on Him, and Him alone. He is capable of taking care of me! It would take me all day to talk of all the ways He has been providing for me! I was thanking Him earlier today for each way I can see Him intricately working out the details in my life, from the smallest, to the really big details.
“I need Thee every hour, stay Thou near by
Temptations lose their power when Thou art nigh.”
Two years ago, I gave in when temptation came my way. Why did I give in? I was in church every week, I was reading His Word, and I was praying. So why did I yield to temptation? Because although I was doing all of those things, I stopped listening to His voice. I stopped allowing Him to guide me, and began to trust in my flesh. I totally ignored His voice and arrogantly thought I could handle myself. I stopped depending on Him to be, my everything. I stopped talking to Him every hour of every day.
I am so thankful that He showed me His grace and drew me back to Him. I am so thankful for His Word that I can’t wait to read every day. Each day as I sit down with my Bible, I am anxious to see what will jump off the pages that day! What is different now than before? I am totally depending on Him and trusting Him all through the day. Talking to Him all throughout my day and waiting for Him. I want to hear His voice above all the others. When Christ becomes the true love of our lives, then we begin to experience an intimate relationship with Him. Our delight will be in Him. He will be our first love!
I believe this will happen as we begin each day in His Word and then have a conversation with Him, that we call prayer. God is telling me how much He loves me, and I am telling Him how much I love Him! Spending time with Jesus allows His light to shine in us for the world to see. If this isn’t in your daily routine, begin now. You will experience His presence like never before. I want the abundant life, daily experiencing this wonderful relationship with my Lord. I not only need Him in the trials, I need Him every hour! I love my Jesus, my wonderful best friend! Spend time with Him today!